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Near Miss of the Day 520: Cyclist hit by driver's wing mirror coming under narrow bridge

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows the moment a cyclist was struck by the wing mirror of a motorist driving under a narrow bridge.

Richard, the reader who sent in the clip of the incident, which happened just after the first lockdown was eased last year, said: "I had had so many unpleasant experiences with drivers at this time that I decided to fit a camera to my bike. I'm glad I did.

"I have not submitted it before as the driver wanted me to pay for his wing mirror which hit me.

"He called the police who attended, interviewed us both and took our details. They then told me it was a civil matter and left us to it.

"They were very nice. I showed them the video on my dash cam which I think helped, you will see that the road sign indicates I have right of way under the bridge.

"I have heard nothing since but I was relieved that I was covered by insurance as part of my British Cycling membership."

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Over the years has reported on literally hundreds of close passes and near misses involving badly driven vehicles from every corner of the country – so many, in fact, that we’ve decided to turn the phenomenon into a regular feature on the site. One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on.

If you’ve caught on camera a close encounter of the uncomfortable kind with another road user that you’d like to share with the wider cycling community please send it to us at info [at] or send us a message via the Facebook page.

If the video is on YouTube, please send us a link, if not we can add any footage you supply to our YouTube channel as an unlisted video (so it won't show up on searches).

Please also let us know whether you contacted the police and if so what their reaction was, as well as the reaction of the vehicle operator if it was a bus, lorry or van with company markings etc.

> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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